Self-Advocacy Group

Welcome to the Self-Advocates’ Corner! Here is the place to read stories written by self-advocates, find helpful community resources, and learn about events, meetings and exciting news for self-advocates.

Next meeting: January 25th from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Garth Homer Boardroom

What is self-advocacy? This is an important term in the disability rights movement. It refers to people with disabilities taking control of their own lives, including being in charge of their own care in the medical system. In basic terms, the self-advocacy movement is about people with disabilities speaking up for themselves.
Look at some of the stories our Garth Homer Society self-advocates have written for selfadvocatenet.com.

Who can join our self-advocacy group? The group is open to anyone who has a disability and wants to participate in developing advocacy skills and raising community awareness.

What have we done this past year? The group of eight self-advocates each prepared a speech to deliver at a general GHS staff meeting. It was a powerful gathering. We also planned a Self-Advocacy Café in November. We discussed topics such as wellness, social media, and community resources.
What are we planning for 2016? We will plan another Self-Advocacy Café for the spring. We would also like to visit some schools to talk to students about diversibilities.  We will set our goals at the first meeting of the year.

When do we meet? We meet every fourth Monday of the month. Please let one of our two advisors know if you plan to attend.

Kristy – klauton@garthhomersociety.org

Future meetings: To be announced.

Stay tuned for a list of community resources, compiled by our self-advocates.